Build A LookUp!/BuildAPlane brochure

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How Can I Participate in Build A Plane?

It all starts at Log on and:

  • Fill out an application to begin a

Build A Plane project for your high school or youth group.

  • Donate an airplane and get a tax

deductible receipt for your gift.

  • Make a financial donation to

Build A Plane, and instantly receive a receipt for a tax deduction.

  • See other Build A Plane projects.
  • Learn more about a number of

exciting new Build A Plane programs and partnerships.

  • See Build A Plane’s Advisory Board

and industry supporters.

How Does Build A Plane Work?

Build A Plane is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that solicits aircraft donations, then redirects those airplanes to high schools and youth groups across the country.

There is no charge for these aircraft, and the project plane becomes the property of the individual Build A Plane group. Build A Plane partners with a number of aviation, aerospace and educational organizations which can provide each Build A Plane group with access to additional programs to enhance your group’s aviation education experience, including:

  • Up to $900,000 worth of Computer Assisted Design software at no charge compliments

of the Parametric Technology Corporation.

  • Access to a National Design Challenge

sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Includes online collaborate with scientists and engineers from all 17 DoE labs across the country, as well as scientists from the Oakridge National Laboratory.

  • Up to 6 hours of college credit for online

high school aviation programs developed by the EAA, Utah Valley State College and the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation.

  • Direct access to the growing number of

aviation and space education programs developed by the FAA and NASA.

  • To make Build A Plan attractive and

accessible to groups everywhere, there are no fees of any kind to join the Build A Plane program.

For more, visit the website,

Become Involved in Aviation’s Future with Build A Plane

Real Kids. Real Airplanes. Real Cool!

What is Build A Plane?

Build A Plane is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting aviation and aerospace by giving young people the opportunity to build real airplanes. Aircraft construction and restoration is not only exciting, but also provides a real-world application for learning science, technology, engineering and math.

Build A Plane works in formal partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation which operates the National Center for Aviation Education in Riverside, California. Dozens of Build A Plane projects are underway across the United States and in several other countries around the world. Education, aerospace and aviation organizations across America have now joined Build A Plane in developing state-of-the-art aviation-themed curricula for dissemination to grades K-14.

For more information, visit

Build A Plane

Thomas Wathen Foundation Flabob Airport 4130 Mennes Avenue Riverside, CA. 92509 Phone: 920.279.3714 Fax: 804.843.3331 Email:

FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey, signs a formal partnership agreement

Donated Airplanes, Kids, Fun!